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Captain America: The First Avenger

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  Captain America: The First Avenger Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
5.82 /10
Chris Evans , Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving
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Directed by: Joe Johnston
Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics

Released: 2011
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 124

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It was a pleasure to realize, once Captain America: The First Avenger got under way, that hey, here is a real movie, not a noisy assembly of incomprehensible special effects. Of course it's loaded with CGI. It goes without saying it's preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film. You know, like with a hero we care about and who has some dimension. And with weight to the story. As we plunge ahead into a limitless future of comic-book movies, let this be an inspiration rather than Thor or Green Lantern.
(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
Joe Johnston's Captain America is a gloriously old-fashioned bit of shoe-leather adventure. While there are plenty of elaborate special effects, the emphasis remains on character and narrative. Like the best of the recent comic book films, this is a genre film first and a comic book adaptation second. It is, at its core, a genuine World War II action picture that happens to be based on a comic book. It is filled with terrific actors doing wonderful character turns. It is filled with colorful heroes and dastardly villains, plus dames who have more important things to do than stand around and look pretty. It has a wonderful score, a variety of exciting locations, and a number of solid action sequences that feel real even when we can see the strings. It is, to put it simply, a real movie, a genuine piece of pop-art that is the kind of comic book film built for those who generally aren't in to comic book movies.
(Scott Mendelson, Huffington Post)
In a summer bloated with mediocre superheroes, Director Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Hidalgo) delivers the most complete and rewarding film.
(Julian Roman, MovieWeb)
One of the finest movies yet from Marvel Studios, and a big departure in tone and storytelling from most of the films they've made so far. It is a strong indicator that the more willing the studio is to experiment, the more exciting the payoffs can be. Marvel has been working towards this moment for a while, and there have been a few moments where it felt like they were making missteps with the individual movies in their rush to reach The Avengers, but they've saved one of their very best movies for last, and I suspect Captain America: The First Avenger will send audiences out of the theater rabid to see what's next.
(Drew McWeeny, Hit Fix)
Exactly what the third week of July needed: a curiously fun, surprisingly imaginative and unashamedly old-fashioned yarn of skulduggery and adventure.
(Andrew O'Hehir,
Unambiguously embraces its hero's old-fashioned sensibilities, and invites us to embrace them as well
(Thomas Leupp,
A fun origin story in the Spider-Man model. It's got the heart of an underdog really experiencing the wonder of his new powers. I'm not saying it's as good as Sam Raimi's film, but I'll take a solid copy of that over the likes of Thor.
(Fred Topel, Screen Junkies)
Captain America succeeds grandly where the others failed.
(Julian Roman, MovieWeb)
Captain America is not high art, but it is so unabashedly fun - and such well-made fun - that it is hard to not like and admire it for so steadfastly being what it is.
(James Rocchi, MSN Movies)
A rollicking old-fashioned adventure story - two fisted, over the top and filled with retro scifi flair.
(Devin Faraci, Badass Digest)
Johnston has delivered a light, clever and deftly balanced adventure picture with real lump in the throat nostalgia, with Nazis - who make the best villains, and with loving references to Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
(Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel)
By default as much as by design, it's the best superhero story you'll see this year. Let's hope it doesn't just set up the story of The Avengers, but sets a standard for its quality.
(Todd Gilchrist, Boxoffice Magazine)
Yet another superhero pic but one nicely rooted in history.
(Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve)

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